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BC Spotlight Awards

Jury members: Ron Mann, Ana Valine, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Ignite Award
Recognizes the outstanding work of a female key creative on a BC-produced feature or short.
Presented by TELUS


WINNER: Cabbie (dirs. Jessica Parsons, Jennifer Chiu) 
Honourable Mention: Here Nor There (dir. Julia Hutchings)


Best BC Film Award 
Presented by the Harold Greenberg Fund, Encore by Deluxe

$10,000 development bursary
$15,000 post-production services

WINNER: Window Horses (dir. Ann Marie Fleming)

BC Emerging Filmmaker Award

Presented by UBCP/ACTRA AFBS & William F. White

$10,000 equipment rental


WINNER: Hello Destroyer (dir. Kevan Funk)


Canadian Film Awards

Narrative Features
Jury members: Kiva Reardon, Andrew Struthers, Tony Zhou


Best Canadian Film 
Presented by Directors' Guild of Canada  



WINNER: Window Horses (dir. Ann Marie Fleming)

Emerging Canadian Director
Presented by Directors' Guild of Canada  


WINNER: Never Eat Alone (dir. Sofia Bohdanowicz)
Documentary Features
Jury members: Damien Gillis, Julia Ivanova, Charles Wilkinson

Best Canadian Documentary
Presented by the Rogers Group of Funds


WINNER: Living With Giants (dirs. Sebastien Rist, Aude Leroux-Lévesque)
Honourable Mention: Quebec My Country Mon Pays (dir. John Walker)
Short Film Awards
Jury members: Lewis Bennett, Scooter Corkle, Kathleen Hepburn

Best BC Short Film
Presented by CreativeBC


WINNER: Here Nor There (dir. Julia Hutchings) 
Honourable Mention: Srorrim (dir. Wayne Wapeemukwa)

Best Canadian Short Film
Presented by Lexus


WINNER: Ceux qui restent/Those Who Remains (dir. Mathieu Vachon) 
Honourable Mention: Fish (dir. Heather Young)

Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film


WINNER: Parent, Teacher (dir. Roman Tchjen)
Honourable Mention: Old Man (dir. Alicia Eisen)

Impact Awards

Radcliffe Foundation Refugee Crisis Awareness Short Film Competition

Presented by The Radcliffe Foundation
$20,000 prize.

WINNER: Helpful Hand (dir. Alex Nagy)


VIFF Impact Award

Jury members: John Bolton, Tracey Friesen, Leonard Schein
Presented by Leonard Schein to one of the nine issue-oriented documentary films in the Impact Stream.   $5,000 prize

WINNER: Power to Change - The Energy Rebellion (dir. Carl-A. Fechner)


VIFF Industry Builder Award
Recognizing thought-leaders, excellence and innovation in screen-based media.
Presented by MPPIA to celebrate BC Creates
with support from Western Economic Diversification and CreativeBC

2016 Honoree: Chris Carter

Audience Awards

Super Channel People's Choice Award

Presented by Super Channel
VIFF festival-goers will determine the winner of the Super Channel People's Choice Award. The results of this balloting will also determine the winner of several other audience awards. 

WINNER: Maudie (dir. Aisling Walsh) 

VIFF Most Popular International Feature

WINNER:  I, Daniel Blake  (dir. Ken Loach) 
Runner up: The Salesman  (dir. Asghar Farhadi) 

VIFF Most Popular International Documentary

WINNER: Human  (dir. Yann Arthus-Bertrand) 

VIFF Most Popular Canadian Documentary

WINNER:  Spirit Unforgettable  (dir. Pete McCormack) 

Presented by TELUS Optik Local
Launching on September 12 th

This award promotes BC films by encouraging local filmmakers to actively engage their fans through social networks in the lead-up to the festival. Online voting determines which film is the most-anticipated and this "Must See BC" feature receives a special red carpet screening following the festival. 
WINNER:  Cadence  (dir. Alex Lasheras) 


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